Certificate Program in Assistive Technology

Certificate Course in Assistive Technology Solutions

Assistive technology (AT) enhances the quality of life of persons with disabilities. The Centre for Assistive Technology (CATI) at the National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH), National Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR) and Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC) collaborated to conduct asix-month part-time Assistive Technology (AT) course, which is the first of its kind in India, combining international expertise as well as local know-how in a unique blended learning model. 


Learning outcomes:

The course participants would attain expertise in the following skills:

  • To do functional assessment of a PwD
  • To recommend the most appropriate assistive device
  • To implement it to improve particular functions
  • To follow up and measure the outcome
  • To create or customize AT

Highlights of the AT course:

Expert faculty from around the world and AT users to share their lived experiences

  • Prof Therese Willkomm (University of New Hampshire, US)
  • Mr Nekram Upadhyay (ISIC, Delhi)
  • Dr Namita Jacob (Chetana Trust, Chennai)
  • Dr Ajish Abraham (AIISH, Mysore)
  • Ms Kalpana Botta (Vidyasagar, Chennai)
  • Mr Shankar Subbiah (Agate Infotek, Chennai)
  • Mr Shivakumar (Enable India, Bangalore)
  • Ms Anjlee Aggarwal (Samarthyam, Delhi)
  • Mr Pradip Sinha (SEDB, Bangalore)
  • Mr Rejin Jose (IQVIA, Kochi)
  • Participants from diverse backgrounds (rehabilitation professionals, persons with disability, special educators, engineers, entrepreneurs) sharing the passion to create and implement AT with an interdisciplinary, team approach
  • Hands-on approach with a focus on low-cost AT solutions and rapid prototyping
  • Training in digital fabrication (2D and 3D designing, 3D printing, Laser-cutter, Shopbot) at Fablab 
  • Blended learning - with both virtual and face-to-face sessions


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